So if you have read Fury by Michelle Pace and Tammy Coons, then you know these ladies can write a great story. What I didn’t expect from The Perpetual Quest for the Perfect Life was how much I would feel from the story. The way in which Michelle and Tammy penned this story had a depth of soul to it that made the story more personal and viable. I found that there was a level of connectivity with the story. Even if certain events had not occurred in my life experience, I ‘got’ it.
Early on in the story, I was concerned with the number of characters being introduced. I thought the book would read like an episode out of Days of Our Lives and be very soap opera’ish’. I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was nothing superficial or Hollywood about The Perpetual Quest. The more I immersed myself in the story and got to know the characters, the more sense it made that all these characters would be so intricately tied to one another. Taking place in a small town, where everyone in the community knows each other, would not allow for these characters, to in a sense stand on their own; especially when a tragedy occurs. The further into the story I read, the more I relished in the inter-relationships of Nicole, Avery, Aaron, Shilah, Lauren, Jack, and Jules as well as Sean and Colin. Whether intentional or by association, this group helped each other see that life comes with mountains and valleys. They helped each other move on from their insecurities and push forward for the love that they wanted and needed.
There were a couple of points in the story that I really would have liked to see more development. But maybe, just maybe, Michelle and Tammy are saving those moments for a future book. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see. And if not, then we will have to draw our own conclusions of what may have happened. Characters and where the story could go with them that I would have liked to see more of would be—Sandra and John, Colin, Jack, Avery and Shilah. However, I think in order for that to have been achieved, the book would have been extremely lengthy and possibly too much of a good thing—so let’s keep those fingers crossed for another installment of the Jefferson Point community.
Overall this story is a wonderful read. There were a few editing misses but not major errors. For the most part, the characters were well developed and you got a sense of who they were, where they came from and where they were going. The story itself was heartfelt and sincere. You really could relate to it and all the situations that occurred. Secondary characters, were good and well thought out. They added some lightness and humor to the story to give it a lift when it might otherwise be a little flat.
The Perpetual Quest for the Perfect Life is not just a story. It offers you time to reflect and realize that life is short. You need to OWN IT AND LIVE IT!!!
Put The Perpetual Quest on your TBR. D 4/5